January 14, 2013
Henry turned out to be the one wearing pink underwear - probably what those toothless codgers were thinking when they peeked in and saw him signing them thar papers for the gov'mint feller.
But never you mind... a couple years later Henry has his own power tractor. And they neglected to tell us, the wife now went a shoppin to them thar big stores in Knoxville, of course in her own Chevy Volt - now that they gots 'lectrizzity and all.
A good movie that I think I saw in school - parts of it seemed quite familiar. Its an effective movie too - all on account of clever casting. Henry is the only one of the locals with more than 4 teeth and not lookin like he has TB - a good method for mind manipulation. Nobody wants to see themself as needin' a good bath; or, ready for the glue factory, eh? And a little OT but did you realize those people probly had outhouses and used corn cobs?
But one wonders what the apple farmers of the Willamette Valley in Oregon or the muck farmers in the Kalamazoo River valley, or the guys in the steel mills in Gary, IN thought. After all, their federal tax money was paying for this too. What did this federally funded project have to do with them?
Their discussion of the community thresher thing had commie overtones. Well, Senator McCarthy would handle that little issue in a few years.
Five Stars - a classic must see.
August 30, 2005
Peaaaaace in the Valley
Interesting little movie about how the Tennessee Valley Authority came to be, and pretty much saved the farmer from eventual ruin because of all the haphazard farming practices that they did, eventually causing serious problems, eg, erosion and flooding. Their solution was to add dams pretty much everywhere and teach the farmers, well, how to be better farmers. The film is first told from the perspective of some literal hicks living up in the mountains, making their keep from the soil. When the soil aint cutting it, the gummint literally walks in, causing explosions! Big Machinery! The little kid in the family decides to investigate further, and discovers a big dam being built close to thei house, Father investigates too, walking all around the dam construction, which tells me construction safety was a bit lax during that time. Anyway, Dam after dam is built, (the relief map showing dams popping all over the place is a hoot) and everyone is happy! Yay!
April 28, 2005
This outstanding documentary on the TVA traces the horrors faced by those living in the Tennessee River Valley prior to the construction of a series of Dams constructed to releive not only the flooding but to provide proper irrigation for crops. The run-offs from rains and over-flowing rivers and their tributaries caused major havoc prior to the TVA coming in and fixing this problem. Many homes and farms were lost not to mention lives. This remarkable documentary traces the trials, tribulations and final success of all those involved. The narration is meloncholy amd low keyed and at no time over-dramatic. The music is outstanding. This entire production is a masterpiece of film-making at its very best.
A Must See Film!